My Secret Identity
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|My Secret Identity|
The Cast of My Secret Identity
|Created by||Fred Fox, Jr.
|Written by||Wilson Coneybeare
Fred Fox, Jr.
|Opening theme||"My Secret Identity"|
|Composer(s)||Fred Mollin (all episodes)|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||72 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Martin J. Keltz|
Paul Saltzman (1990-1991)
Patrick Doyle (1990-1991)
Brian R.R. Hebb
|Running time||30 mins. (approx)|
|Original channel||CTV (Canada)
Syndication (United States)
|Original run||October 9, 1988 – May 25, 1991|
My Secret Identity was a Canadian television series starring Jerry O'Connell and Derek McGrath. Originally broadcast from October 9, 1988 – May 25, 1991 on CTV in Canada, the series also aired in syndication in the United States. The series won the 1989 International Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Programming for Children and Young People.
O'Connell stars as 14-year-old Andrew Clements, who while looking one day for his friend, Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoate (McGrath), trips and is hit by a photon beam, causing him to develop superpowers. He uses these abilities to fight crime, to solve personal problems and to help others. He hides his powers from his mother, sister and friends with the exception of Jeffcoate. Andrew initially called himself Ultraman, but this was later dropped.
In the first season, Andrew must carry around aerosol spray containers and use them to move through the air, as his 'flying' ability is limited; he can make himself nearly weightless, and move up without any problems, but he cannot propel himself through the air or move down without some external force. However, he can jump quite high, and do impossible flips. In the second season, without explanation, Andrew gains the ability to move through the air without the use of aerosol cans. Later in that season, after being struck by the photon beam a second time, Andrew develops superhuman strength but loses his invulnerability.
For the entirety of the series, Andrew loses his powers when exposed to radiation (e.g. electromagnetic waves and x-rays). Early in the series he is unable to regain his powers quickly after exposure. Later in the series, he regains it immediately after the exposure stops.
Setting and characters
The main setting in the show is Toronto but mainly takes place in the fictional suburb of Briarwood. Andrew goes to Briarwood High and his sister Erin goes to another school.
Dr. Jeffcoate (supposedly the fourth-smartest man in the world) is a close friend of the family who lives next door. He is attracted to Mrs. Clements but never tells her.
- Jerry O'Connell as Andrew Clements
- Derek McGrath as Dr. Benjamin Marion Jeffcoate
- Christopher Bolton as Kirk Stevens (1989-1991)
- Marsha Moreau as Erin Clements
- Wanda Cannon as Stephanie Clements
- Elizabeth Leslie as Ruth Schellenbach
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